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February 19, 2011

Fairness Doctrine

-- by Dave Johnson

I was listening to an NPR show about the civil rights movement in Mississippi, and how the FCC forced a radio station to put Medgar Evers on the air for 15 minutes to respond to a White Citizen's Council smear. That is what the Fairness Doctrine was about and the civil rights movement is an example of the difference it made.

The Republicans got rid of the Fairness Doctrine under Reagan. And now you will never hear someone from a union talking about the benefits of being a union member. Ever.

And now they are getting rid of NPR, so you won't even be able to hear that it used to be different.

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 19, 2011 1:41 PM


Comments

Nothing is "Fair" about The Fairness Doctrine. NPR & PBS was created as gifts to limosine liberals from the JFK & LBS administrations. Using tax dollars to attack traditional Americanism values and promote the Orwellian society is hardly fair or balanced.

Benito Mussolini and the NAZIs used their own Fairness Doctrine as does Fidel Castro, Mikel Kruschev, and other liberal icons.

Adolph Hitler's own propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, learned of the American government's propaganda from the Wilson Administration of Progressives. Mr. Goebbels would be proud to see PBS & NPR begging for handouts from " People like you " while receiving money from multibillion dollar corporations and tax dollars. All in the name of political correctness and indoctrination programming.

Please allow George Soros, Ms.Arianna Huffington, and other limousine liberal socialists to finance these leftist institutions. As Soros once chimed, " I bought the Democratic Party and I'll do what I want with it!'

The Juan Williams debacle demonstrates just how far left these media types are. Left Soros and Huffington do what they will pay for, one from communist Hungary and the other from socialist Greece... only in America!

Posted by: Mark James [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 6:09 PM

SOMEone's been listening to too much Glenn Beck!

Gone a little NUTS have we?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 6:59 PM

Nice agitprop there, Dave,

Before the Republicans got in you were arguing that "NPR isn't publicly funded; it only gets 8% of it's budget from the Federal government!". Now that Republicans are looking at cutting that 8% it's "They're taking NPR off the air!"

Can't have it both ways, guy.

Posted by: Scorpius [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 7:39 PM

Well, Scorpius, you might want to take Mark James to task for his trying to have it both ways. He posts that Soros is "from Communist Hungary" yet wasn't the whole smear against Soros that he helped the Nazis? The last time I read any European history, Hungary didn't become a Communist regime until AFTER the Nazis were defeated.

And as to Ms Huffington, it's interesting how she was such a darling of the RIGHT-WING (IMS, there were efforts by the GOPers to get her to run for political office as a GOPer, following her divorce from Michael) until she showed that what conservative principles she held were limited to FISCAL policy, not social policy.

As to your overall comment, I'm not seeing that Dave is suggesting that the GOP's efforts to get rid of NPR is due to FUNDING. What I'm reading is that the GOP simply wants to get rid of NPR to ensure that there is no semblance of "fairness" in the news. The GOP has THEIR network (it's called FoxNews) and the overwhelming majority of the Sunday morning talk shows go out of their way to book GOP guests with no liberal/progressive balance.

Posted by: JosephW [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 10:57 PM

Well, Scorpius, you might want to take Mark James to task for his trying to have it both ways. He posts that Soros is "from Communist Hungary" yet wasn't the whole smear against Soros that he helped the Nazis? The last time I read any European history, Hungary didn't become a Communist regime until AFTER the Nazis were defeated.

And as to Ms Huffington, it's interesting how she was such a darling of the RIGHT-WING (IMS, there were efforts by the GOPers to get her to run for political office as a GOPer, following her divorce from Michael) until she showed that what conservative principles she held were limited to FISCAL policy, not social policy.

As to your overall comment, I'm not seeing that Dave is suggesting that the GOP's efforts to get rid of NPR is due to FUNDING. What I'm reading is that the GOP simply wants to get rid of NPR to ensure that there is no semblance of "fairness" in the news. The GOP has THEIR network (it's called FoxNews) and the overwhelming majority of the Sunday morning talk shows go out of their way to book GOP guests with no liberal/progressive balance.

Posted by: JosephW [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 10:58 PM

Sorry about the double-post. I'm apparently having some browser issues. When I posted the first time, I got an error message. (Silly me--I suppose I should have refreshed the page before posting again to see if the comment had posted.)

Posted by: JosephW [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 11:01 PM

What the Fairness Doctrine did was require stations using public airwaves to present differing viewpoints. That is how occasionally black people were able to get on the air in the South, for example.

THIS is what the corporate Republicans are objecting to: presenting differing viewpoints.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2011 11:08 PM

Well, JosephW, you on the left have YOUR networks (MSNBC, CNN) or allied networks (Al Jazeera). And Dave's original post and your and the left's deranged obsession with FoxNews and using the so-called "Fairness" Doctrine to shut them down shows what the "Fairness" Doctrine is all about: shutting down all opinions that conflict with your politics.

Posted by: Scorpius [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2011 10:10 PM

Why would you say the Fairness Doctrine would "shut down" any shows? That just is not what the Fairness Doctrine ever did. It said that stations have to air different points of view. Nothing about what individual shows must do.

You seem to be terribly misinformed.

You mention Fox, I wonder if there is a relationship to being misinformed?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2011 10:23 PM

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